Book Review – Doctor Who: The Scales of Injustice

  • Title: The Scales of Injustice
  • Series: Virgin Publishing Missing Doctor Adventures
  • Author: Gary Russell
  • Characters:  Third Doctor, Dr. Elizabeth Shaw (Liz), UNIT
  • Date Reviewed on GoodReads: 7/21/2014

This original Doctor Who novel features the Third Doctor (as played by Jon Pertwee) and Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Shaw and the Silurians again. References abound not only to “Doctor Who and the Silurians”, but also “The Sea Devils” and “Warriors of the Deep”. And, as always, meetings between apes and “Earth Reptiles” do not go well.

Also the plot involves political intrigue between Parliament, the Glasshouse (the UNIT hospice), and C19. Someone wants to discredit the current head of the Glasshouse and take it over, turning it into another Vault making weapons from alien technology and in some cases from aliens themselves.

Dr. Liz Shaw finds herself embroiled in these plots when she’s contacted by a Dutch investigative reporter, who, unfortunately, turns out to be a C19 agent. Meanwhile, the Doctor is running around chasing Silurians, hoping for a better result than the last time.

The Silurian plot seems very repetitive, but it turns out slightly better than normal for most stories involving the intelligent previous intelligent species from Earth. The other main purpose of the novel is to give Dr. Liz Shaw a better send off. I enjoyed that part of the book. Actually, this book seems to be more of a book about Liz than about the Doctor – who does very little, and is mostly ineffective. Not that the book reverses the standard Doctor and Companion roles entirely – Dr. Shaw doesn’t come off as a Super Woman, but it’s a different take on an original novel.


I have the e-book version, and the cover looks like one of the Target novelisations. It was also very short, only 191 pages in e-book format. I don’t know if I read a condensed or abbreviated version, or what, but I think if it had been a bit longer, the story could have been expanded a bit, resulting in a better story. This was more like a novella.

Update: This story has been re-published in paperback as part of the 50th Anniversary Celebrations of Doctor Who. I have the reprint but have not re-read that version to see if it’s longer and/or more complex than the e-book.

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